Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Knowledge and Joy

1 Timothy 1:14

You can’t blame any human faults on God, for pride causes all human offenses. Their remedy, however, the conviction and removal of sin, comes from heaven. In mercy, God humbles Himself. He descends from above and displays to us pure, visible grace in human form. He becomes a Man of great love for those who join with Him. For even though the Word of God was so united with God as to be called His Son, He was also the Son of Man, and never acted according to His own will.

This is an important example for us. It is the divine lesson taught by and learned from the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ. Now we all know, now we don’t know; now we rejoice, now we don’t rejoice—in order to begin, continue, and complete our good work. Then we will understand that our knowledge and joy aren’t a result of our own wills, but are gifts of God. We will be cured of our vanity and understand the spiritual truth that “the Lord will give kindness and sweet grace, and our land shall yield her fruit.”
—Augustine of Hippo

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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